About i Ricchi
Washington, DC 20036
A restaurant specializing in the preparation of "Cucina Rustica" - Tuscan country-style cooking.
Italian, Modern Tuscan, Mediterranean
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 1:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
19th & Jefferson Pl.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
We cater small - medium sized events.
Free Valet Parking is available at Dinner.
Dupont Circle South
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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i Ricchi Ratings and Reviews
Visiting DC with my family and I Ricchi reviewed highly. Although it was Presidents Day weekend we waited 30 minutes for our table. Our server, Micheal, was attentive and friendly. He immediately greeted us and asked us if we had a Groupon (this was our first experience) Apparently many tables were using these this evening. The select wines were enjoyable. My scallop/mushroom appetizer was wonderfully flavored. The squid inked cavatelli was flavorful and hot! Breads were rustic and fresh. Tiramisu was a perfect finish to the meal. Overall, we had a great experience. Thank you Michael! Diamonds
I've been to i Ricchi a number of times for various events, dinner, and happy hour. Unfortunately I will not be back for dinner after our last visit, and I will not be planning any events there in the future.
The maître d' was unbelievably unprofessional, pushy, and rude. We had a reservation scheduled for five people at 6 PM, and at 5:30 PM she brusquely asked why I had made a reservation for five people but was standing at the bar with seven. I indicated that seven were joining us for happy hour, but only five would be joining for dinner, and that we would be ready to sit down at the time of our reservation. She then said that they were not offering happy hour that evening -- after the bartender had already offered us happy hour specials. Her attitude and the lack of clarity around which menu was being offered was quite confusing and off-putting.
When we sat down for dinner, we asked our server to confirm that the weekly "Women's Club Tuesdays" special was being offered, as indicated on the website. We were told that it was not, because it was a holiday (Valentine's Day). I scoured the website for exceptions before booking the reservation, but saw only that this deal is offered weekly on Tuesdays. The maître d' came over to clarify, and in doing so said things like "you should have come in over the weekend when we had events for single women." It was extremely inappropriate and uncomfortable.
Called due to possible late arrival. Hostess told me they would do what they can to seat us when we get there because they were very busy. Upon arrival found the restaurant to be maybe 25% full. After a few minutes we were seated in a private corner inside a jungle of plants to the point of being tacky. We were not very hungry but had a show to catch so wanted to eat prior to going. The server was very polite and had some good recomendations for us. Mushroom soup (no taste), calamari (average at best) with a tasteless sauce on the side, salmon pasta (ok), desert of the Choclate mouse was good but nothing great. The best thing about the meal was the wine was very good.
Durning the meal I went to the restroom where an employee had dumped a ton of ice in the unrinal to the point where it was now melting into the floor. Not santiatry at all and hoping now one used it.
The server again was very nice but not so good at pouring water as he splashed it almost every time.
At no point did a manager ever come to the table to greet or check in with us.
Not what I expect when I go to a place that charges almost $70 per meal. No thanks, never again don't do it. Go to the Palm across the street.
We came to the restaurant because we had a groupon. From the time we told the waiter that, his attitude changed. He was short with us, didn't tell us any specials, grabbed our plates as soon as we put the fork down, and seemed to want us out of there as soon as possible. Well, we're good tippers so mistake on his part. And there is a reason your restaurant is using groupon, so I feel like the wait staff shouldn't have the attitude that we're cheap because we have one.
Groupon was a great way to get introduced to I Ricchi and now I try to go there every time I'm in DC. Our reservation was at 8:00 pm on Valentine's Day weekend and we weren't shown to our table until about 8:20 but the staff was very nice about trying to seat us at a good table. Our server was amazing - very attentive but didn't rush us - and the food was delicious! The meatballs were a little overdone and the tiramisu was a bit frozen but the cheese plate, my tortelloni w/ butter and sage and my fiance's spaghettini de mare were amazing! The cannolis were great and the espresso martini we ordered was made to perfection. Thank you to I Ricchi for a great night!
Disappointing compared to prior visits. Service excellent as always, but all the groupons may be taking their toll on food quality. Swordfish special vastly inferior to what we had a couple years ago. Cheesecake blah. House wine unpleasantly strong and acidic. Still probably worth the $69 groupon with a different entree and the pinot grigio. But I would never pay full price.
Thank you so much for the dinning experience. I’ve never had one quite like this anywhere else. This is the reason why I Ricchi is by far the best dinning option I recommend to anyone in DC.
Anastasia was a breath of fresh air and had smiles for days. She was pleasant all the way through. The bartender, for the life of me I cannot recall his name, was very charming and held a very entertaining conversation with me while I was waiting for my table. He gave me his recommendations and they were on point and delicious. Tia was amazing as well. Her knowledge on the specials and dishes offered I Ricchi was mind blowing. Not even I could remember all of that. Her service was top notch. She is truly a gem. All in all, the staff was excellent, the food was magnificent and I felt welcomed. Everyone that I encountered was very pleasant.
The environment is relaxed yet very sophisticated. SAID our waiter was exceptional.
Important to book an early lunch if you want quiet conversation because it is energetic and this restaurant is popular. If you arrive later and want a smaller room, ask for the Palm room. Elegant yet more private. Overall, this is one of my favorite places in DC.
A friend and I dined at I Ricchi during DC Restaurant Week. This is a high-end restaurant so we enjoyed a delicious meal with superb service at a fraction of the regular cost. Though limited, the RW menu offered a taste of some of I Ricchi's signature dishes - a pasta trio that was fabulous, grilled fish over polenta, risotto, cannoli. Interesting cocktail list. The restaurant serves only Italian wines. We enjoyed our server's recommendation of a white wine from the Piedmont region. We always appreciate valet parking.
Delicious food, impeccable service, and warm Tuscan ambiance -- what more could you ask for? My only criticism is that the restaurant is a little cacaphonous, when full; but, it's a relatively small space and I don't think there's much that can be done about that. Overall, a lovely dining experience.
The food was good. The Arctic char was moist (not overcooked) and the pasta trio was quite good. The ribollita soup was disappointing, but that is a minor quibble. The main problem with i Ricchi is that it is too expensive for what it is, and the wine list is grossly overpriced. (As an example, a Pio Cesare Barolo that often retails around $55 was listed at an absurd $189. The very same Barolo was on the wine list at L'Artusi in NYC at $110.) When I brought it my own bottle of wine, they told they have a "variable" corkage fee ranging between $25 and $50, and that my Barolo would cost $50. I have paid between $20 and $30 in corkage fees in restaurants in NYC, LA, and SD (one place had $35), but I have never seen a variable corkage fee. It felt like a way to gouge the diner, most likely because that is what it was. The absurd corkage fee (which they probably make up as they go along) and high prices are reasons I would not go back or recommend i Ricchi to others. If you have a tolerance for those high costs, then give it a try.
It is not just lunch. It is a meal, an enjoyable time with friends savoring lighter fare Italian dishes.
The service is friendly and just right to not interrupt conversation with friends.
Private parties (e.g. retirement parties) are enjoyable in a private room.
Four of us went to I Ricchi for Restaurant Week for lunch. Two of us had chicken; one had pasta and the fourth had seafood. The food was outstanding. The service was also outstanding. We have been here previously and we have always wonderful food and service. I Ricchi has a devoted following and I understand why. It is a very nice restaurant where the customers are always treated well and the food is always very good. We plan to return.
Everything about I Ricci was great, from the reception by the Maitre'D, to the service, and the food. It was one of the best dining experience we have had in DC over the last year. The waitstaff was attentive and knowledgeable for recommendations. The quality and presentation of the food (appetizer, entrée, and desert) were all outstanding. Will definitely be going back again.
Past its prime and has been. We used Groupon to give this place a second look after having a very bad food experience with friends several years ago. We should have stayed home. First, they allow loud, obnoxious people to talk on their cell phones at the top of their lungs. We had to ask to be moved to get away from that person who continued his conversation even after politely asking him to stop. The hostess was gracious about it and did acknowledge it was rude behavior. We had 3 courses plus complimentary glass of wine. The wine was ok. My appetizer of sauteed mushrooms with a parmesan crisp was decent although the crisp was not hot. My husband had proscuitto, cantaloupe, and Florentine bread fritters. The proscuitto was not top notch. The bread fritters were terrible...hard as a rock and unedible. The trout with fingerling potatoes and rapini was warm but not hot and had no flavor. The fish had an olive tapenade on top which after being cooked was bitter and tasted burned. My husband had the sage butter pasta dish and the pasta dough was thick and not well cooked. Also flavorless. The only thing we had that was good were the desserts: Chocolate meringue torte with whipped frozen chocolate mousse and the semi -frozen meringue with strawberry cream & vanilla gelato. I had a cappuccino that was barely warm and I mentioned it to the server who, without prompting, brought me a hot one. That was nice and she was pleasant. But, we won't be back.
I was very excited to dine at i Ricci, but have to say that I was disappointed by the restaurant. When we arrived, our table was not ready and we were asked to wait in the already overcrowded bar area. While there, several waitstaff rudely pushed by with snippy comments or dirty looks even though we tried to be polite and moved several times. After being seated, the waitress was visibly angry that we did not order any alcoholic drinks. I ordered a sparking water to start and the waitress filled every glass at the table but mine and then loudly dropped the bottle into the ice bucket. When I tried to order an appetizer for the table, the waitress coldly stated that she wouldn't accept any appetizer orders before the meal orders. She then returned less than a minute later to take our order; it was ridiculous that I then had to repeat the order as if we had not had the conversation previously. After all this, the only time that the waitress pretended to be nice was when she told us that other servers had been given gifts by their diners that night and she wanted to know if we wanted to give her a gift. Truly abhorrent. I've been to many restaurants more and less upscale than this, and have never had such a bad experience. We will not be returning. Spend your time and money at another restaurant.
We were hoping an old favorite from when we lived outside DC was just as good now, when we were in town for the inauguration -- and it was. We arrived early and the friendly bartender kept us entertained until our table was ready. Darina our server was attentive and knowledgeable about the menu, and made excellent suggestions and engaging small talk -- just the right touch. The bread was as great as we recalled. The Tuscan villa decor was just as charming, too. My lamb and my wife's artichoke risotto were tough choices (not food! reading this again) from among other items, and were done perfectly. As we were leaving we met the owner and namesake, Christianne Ricchi, and chatted with her about the history of the restaurant ((and our favorite server from 'the old days'). We realized we had 'discovered' i Ricchi only shortly after it had opened. It was a nice close to a nice experience.
I Ricci continues to deliver excellent food, extraordinary service and uncompromised value. I can't say enough about the staff, all of whom treat us like family. The food, from the bread, to the dessert is exquisite and the service, unparalleled in the area. I continue to go back on a monthly basis and find myself delighted each and every time. I highly recommend everyone try it.
Enjoyed the charcuterie boards. The entrees were hot, and flavorful. I think the price points were a bit high for the ambiance and food. But ultimately we enjoyed ourselves and let full and content. I wouldn't return mainly because Italian isn't my favorite, otherwise the food was tasty and appeared to be quite authentic.
Three of us our fir relaxing dinner after busy day working. Waitress new nothing about wine list which was brief at beat and well over priced.
Recommended wine returned as it was corked. Rest of service non existent.
Food was mediocre at beast. Two of us did not even eat the swordfish which had no flavor. My pasta with clans was over cooked and uninspired.
Save you money and time and eat elsewhere
Made a reservation through Open Table and got the time I wanted. My dinner companion had to cancel at the last moment, so I chose to sit at the Bar. It was unexpectedly terrific - great conversation with the bartender and other bar patrons. Dinner was served promptly and, as usual, was superb. A great evening and dining experience.
We dined here on NY eve and our server was terrible. We waited about 20 minutes for our drinks to come . At the end of our meal he told us we were his last table and he couldn't leave until we left. We weren't closing the place down, but he made it clear he was waiting for us to leave, .The price fix dinner was over priced for what we were served. The lentil soup was very good, but the swordfish was flavorless. Wouldn't go back.
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